“In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan’s advice to reader/eaters is simple, but more complicated to actually accomplish than it should be.
In a country where we’re fantastically good and producing food, very little of it is actually pure food that our Great-Grandmothers would recognize.
Have you looked at the ingredients in that loaf of bread from the supermarket lately? Thanks to Pollan’s “In Defense of Food,” I did, and (combined with a newfound interest in the effect of GMOs and the like) promptly realized it was time to change my and my family’s food rules. So we signed up for a farm share, and I’m doing a ton of canning, and we’ve have stopped eating as much meat and are experimenting with more things like beans and rice. I’m trying to steer us largely Organic, and though I’d like us to be GMO-free, I’m coming to realize that it’s basically impossible to do so. The folks in the food industry lobby have made it really hard to discern what is and what isn’t real food anymore, and it’s scary to think about.
Yeah, this book is that powerful.
If you’re at all interested in the history of the American Food System, read it. If the idea of a book about the history of food production bores the crap out of you, shut up and read it anyway. Combine “In Defense of Food” with Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” and I promise you’ll be looking at the food you eat in an entirely different way.
This one’s a keeper.